Gauri Lankesh would have turned 56 years old on Monday had she not been shot dead by unknown assailants in September 2017. As a mark of respect to the slain journalist, her fans, family, supporters, colleagues and student leaders will celebrate 'Gauri Day' on her birth anniversary on Monday.
While protests were witnessed across the country following the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh for days, Monday's event is going to be the first of its kind.
The daylong event organised in Town Hall of Bengaluru will see the likes of student leader and first-time Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani, Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) Kanhaiya Kumar and Omar Khalid- the duo who Gauri referred to as her children, Shehla Rashid, Richa Singh, musician T M Krishna along with folk artists, left thinkers, writers, rationalists and Gauri's followers.
Friends join us tomorrow at Bangalore. We are celebrating Gauri day on her birthday. pic.twitter.com/Xjwj1vQybX— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) January 28, 2018
'Gauri Day', being organised by Gauri Memorial Trust, will not just revive the memory of Lankesh but will also dwell into concepts of constitutional spirit, freedom of expression and dissent. Two books- 'I am Gauri... A Flaming Moonlight' and A 'Gauri Bouquet' will also be released during the event. Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohit Vemula will also take part in the event which is scheduled to be held between 2 PM and 8 PM on Monday.
Months after she was shot dead outside her residence, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Gauri Lankesh's murder is yet to identify her assassins. Breakthrough in the case has not gone beyond sketches of the suspects that the SIT released last year. Gauri Lankesh, an activist cum journalist was shot dead at point blank on September 5, 2017, in Bengaluru.